EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMine Closures In Wayne County Affects Local Businesses
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 5, 2013 11:26 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 6, 2013 6:27 PM EST
Dunlow , Wayne County , West Virginia
Michelle Hatfield works at Rebel Mart near Ft. Gay and says, "We've only been two months but they rely on us and come here."
Hatfield is talking about the coal miners who work at the Dunlow Mines numbers 7 and 8. Soon, 236 miners will lose their jobs when the mines close down.
Hatfield says, "It breaks my heart, because I feel for them, I know how it is to struggle."
The impact of mines closing crosses state lines. The owner of Dee's Diner in Louisa, Kentucky says it will hurt his business too. David Gauze said, "We don't raise prices but if everything goes up the way we think, we'll have to raise prices."
The company cited
Two coal mines in Wayne County will soon close leaving more than 200 people without jobs.
Argus Energy LLC has announced it is shutting down two mines in Dunlow and a shipping operation in Kenova, leaving 236 people without jobs.
Closure of Mine No. 7 and Mine No. 8 in Dunlow and the Wayne County River Terminal Office in Kenova will result in 177 job losses. Fifty-nine more jobs will be eliminated at Kiah Creek Transport Operation.
The mines will remain open until the end of December. The company cited downward trends in the coal market as the reason for the shutdowns.
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